The positive ‘LIKES’ were overwhelming. I am humbled. However, in one group my meme evoked a firestorm of conversation. There were some solid theological and historical support for what I said, but there were some who attacked both me and what I asserted. One respondent even called me a Facebook troll that needed to read the bible rather than write about it.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my [ekklesia]; and the gates of [Hades] shall not prevail against it.
- Study Of course 2Timothy 2:15 is the go to scripture when we tell people to study. I also find the story of the Jews in Berea quite interesting (Acts 17:11-18). The bible says they searched the scriptures to see if what Paul and Silas had taught them was accurate, and the result was many new believers. Believe for them was a result of scriptural validation rather than the apostles proclamation. Like those in Berea, your understanding of ekklesia will be confirmed when you 'search the scriptures' for yourself.
- Ask Questions This is important. Even if you don't know the right questions to ask, pursue answers for anything that you don't understand, or that is confusing to you. I believe in exhausting every detail. No question is off limits.
- Gather With Other Believers Studying, praying and fellowshipping with other believers can provide critical checks and balances in learning new things. No one has all the answers. But, as each believer shares what he or she understands, the mind of Christ will begin to emerge that will bring clarity to all. Watch for future blogs where I will discuss the importance of gathering with believers.
- Pray How you process what you learn is governed by either your presumptions or the Holy Spirit. If you try to measure everything by what you like or don't like, or by what makes you comfortable or uncomfortable, or by the advantanges or disadvantages to you, then you will rarely accept truth. It is only the Holy Spirit who will guide you into all truth. Therefore, prayer is the best way to process new information.